LinkedIn University Pages: Networking Beyond Millennials

LinkedIn University Pages The highly successful social media network for professionals announced in August that U.S. teens ages 14 to 18 will be allowed to create accounts and will have access to LinkedIn University Pages.

This marks a significant shift for what has long been the most buttoned-down of social media networks. Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has remained primarily an adults-only network that has grown to 240 million professional members.

Allowing younger users seems to make sense for LinkedIn from a business perspective – the company can lock in a whole new generation of members long before they become working professionals. LinkedIn also stands to become a force in the college recruiting and admissions game. According to LinkedIn, the new policy is “the cornerstone of our strategy to help students at every critical milestone from campus to fulfilling, successful careers.”

But does LinkedIn make sense for Junior? While LinkedIn says, “We’re trying to provide real value for prospective students,” Huffington Post contributor Kim Garst expressed some reservations. Garst questions whether 14-year-olds should be using the same LinkedIn as professionals looking to network. While she supports the idea of helping students build professional relationships, she adds, “I am just not convinced this is the right vehicle to do it.”
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Seeking Positive Solutions for Millennial Unemployment

Millenials now account for 1 in 3 employees in the workforce.

How do we lower the Millennial unemployment rate?

Lately, much of the national narrative around Millennial employment has been reduced to the blame-game. Some employers and commentators portray Millennials as soft, needy and unwilling to work their way up the corporate ladder. Meanwhile, some Millennials counter that employers won’t give them a fair shake at a decent salary.

The reality, of course, is that neither extreme is accurate. And it would serve everyone well to focus on recent positive momentum and look for constructive ways to get even more Millennials into meaningful, well-paying jobs. In a recent Forbes Blog post, Millennial branding guru Dan Schawbel urged business leaders to support and encourage Millennials, which by next year will account for one in three people in the workforce.
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How to attract top Millennal talent

Adecco Way to Work careerathon

By Scott Westcott

What’s it take to attract millennial talent? More and more employers are asking that question as the 18-to-33 year-old age group fast becomes the largest percentage of the U.S. workforce.

Yet employers are finding that it takes more than simply posting open jobs to attract talented Millennials, who bring with them unique working styles and expectations that are considerably different than those of the baby boomer generation. Progressive companies are focused on developing a culture and working environment that allows Millennials to flourish and encourages them to stick around. Here are some steps that smart employers are taking to attract workers from Generation Y.
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Why You’re Getting Nowhere In Your Attempt to Change Careers – and 5 Tips to Make Progress

If you are looking to make a complete career change, applying for jobs online and waiting for a response is rarely going to work.


In most cases, when a recruiter is evaluating an applicant for a position, they are comparing their prior education and work experience to the requirements of a job requisition. If they match, they will be considered a good fit. If they don’t, the recruiter moves on to the next resume.

Even if the job is entry level, if you have several years of experience in another field, the recruiter may not consider you a fit. They may think you applied to the wrong job; that you would require a much higher salary than an entry level candidate; or that you would be bored in an entry level role.

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Top Jobs 2013 – A Look Ahead at Some of the Most In-Demand Roles in the National Job Market

Whether you are a professional looking to get ahead in your career or a business leader looking for people who can help your company get ahead, it’s important to know what skills and roles are in-demand. Adecco’s recruiting and career experts throughout the country examined national hiring metrics and salary trends to uncover the seven most in-demand jobs for 2013. Check out the results in our infographic below.
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How to Attract Higher Quality Freelancers

There are any number of reasons for a business to hire freelancers. Maybe your start-up needs a copywriter for 20 hours a week and a full-time hire just doesn’t make sense. Maybe you need a developer with a very specific skill set to help you complete an ambitious software build. Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that experienced freelancers are more than contract labor. They’ve got specific skills and they want specific things out of a contract job. If you want to attract better talent to your project, start retooling your approach to hiring freelancers now.

Make your goals clear. Almost every freelancer has the same horror story: they get brought in for a project, and then the project grows. And grows. The project mushrooms into something they didn’t sign on for and don’t want to be doing. If you’re a hiring manager and this sounds familiar, consider doing the following next time you think about hiring a freelancer: does the project have a clear, coherent, realistic road map? If not, make one. If so, make sure you’re committed to following it. Word gets around among freelancers quickly, so avoid being That Client by being realistic about your goals and expectations.

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